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Citizenship: What's It Worth?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Sen. Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to modify the 14th amendment (yes, the one that granted slaves citizenship after the Civil War) is perhaps the clearest signal yet of the ...

Balancing Stillness and Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Like many others who are currently unemployed or partially employed, this seminary graduate finds herself with unexpected time on her hands. Like many others who are currently une ...

Choices Make Changes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved." <em>William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)</em></p> ...

Living By Faith in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As reflection on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/09/the-dangers-of-just-peacemaking/">killing of ten aid workers</a> from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanist ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Update from Haiti: Despite Ruin, Pockets of Hope
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-haiti-partners-updat.jpg"></a>Driving today through Port-au-Prince in the glaring summer sun, there is still plenty of rubble being re ...

Darth Vader Goes Swimming and Clarity Floods In
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of people before. We joined the flood club this weekend. I've heard rumors about this group of ...

The Careful (and Necessary) Work of Journalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This week, <em>The Washington Post </em>ran a three-part series on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/19/top-secret-america/">top secret counterterrorism organizations</a& ...

Shirley Sherrod's True Revelation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The controversy over the injustice done to Shirley Sherrod, the African-American woman whose comments on <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/race/">race</a> were taken out of context, misre ...

Help for the Unemployed, Now 60 Percent Off!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We're in a recession with <a href="http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/job_seekers_still_face_intolerable_odds">four or five job seekers to every open job</a>, according to the lat ...

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em><strong>Editor's note:</strong><strong> </strong><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1008&amp;article=selling-our- ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Time for Some Angry Work
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I'd say Barack Obama's long and often tenuous honeymoon with progressive Americans took what looks like a lethal blow in spring 2010. I'd say Barack Obama's lo ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

DC Catholic Charities: Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Few people expect their workplace benefits to be a casualty of the culture wars, but in Washington, DC, the battle over same-sex marriage hit local employees of Catholic Charities square in the poc ...

Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

Health Care and a New Imagination
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively poor congregation had an accident and racked up a huge medical bill in the hospital. About 25 years ago, the pastor of a relatively ...

California Band Hires Latino Day Laborers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

A San Francisco band called Monarchs hired three Latino day laborers to pose as the band members in a music video for their song "Mexicans." Both the video and the song pay tribute to the ...

Why Work-Free Sundays?
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger In March more than 70 organizations, including churches, labor unions, and civil society groups, met for the first Europ ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

Christian Anti-Logic and Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855594020_q5SQY"></a>The issue of illegal immigration in the United S ...

New Study Reveals Deepening Racial Wealth Gap
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. One's wealth is determined by the value of one's assets minus one's debt. T ...

King Coal: Ruling Principality and Power in West Virginia
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.contents&amp;issue=soj1006"></a>In this month's Sojourners, <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action= ...

The God Who Sees
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I was in second grade handball was all the rage. We played it with big red rubber balls against backboards on the playground. When I was in second grade handball was all the ...

A Reading for April 15: The Parable of the Taxpayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpayer (from the VERY New Testament). This time of year it is useful to recount the parable of the angry taxpa ...

West Virginia Mine Disaster: Mourning in the Mountains
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

There was a lovely reflection in today's <em>NYT</em> by novelist Denise Giardina about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia. There was a lovely ...

Our Response to Poverty in the Light of Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Why are people poor? Why do they stay poor? What would it take to get them out of poverty? These are major questions that have been heavily debated for a century in our country.</p> ...

A World Water Week Warning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I grew up in the water world. My dad worked for the water department in Dallas and served as director of Austin water and wastewater. I grew up in the water world. My dad worke ...

A New March on Washington
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#816712604_FVFqL"></a>March 21, 2010: With crowd turnout twice the expec ...

Healing the Nation's Soul with Mutual Respect
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The health-care struggle culminating in Sunday's vote brought out the best and the worst of legislators' and citizens' behavior. The health-care struggle culminatin ...

'What Has Helped Me the Most is My Faith'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Alvaro was forced to leave his wife and three children behind in ...

Health Care: Swiss Solidarity and the Scandalous 5%
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694002821_EoxB3"></a>Whew. The health-care bill passed. It isn't the complete overh ...

'I Just Want a Nice Family Life'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> George grew up in a large city in Mexico. When he was 17 years o ...

Wisdom from Cesar Chavez: 'The Oppressed Almost Always Overestimate the Oppressor'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Today's Lenten prayer comes from <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C%C3%A9sar_Ch%C3%A1vez" target="_blank">Cesar Chavez</a> (1927-1993) -- Mexican American farm worker, ...

Four Steps to Save the Souls of Big Banks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> The biggest banks have an ethical obligation to hel ...

I'm also an 'Illegal'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>"Look at those illegals," my friend laughed, pointing at two Latino immigrants leaning ...

Border Fence Limbo
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>My friend Dan and I walked along Avenida Internacional, the four-lane highway that runs along th ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

God is Going to Change Hard Hearts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> Erica grew up in San Salvador and had to work with her parents s ...

International Women's Day: 'Whom God Hath Made Equal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. Most countries around the world are celebrating a holiday today. While here in the United States we might have a f ...

50,000 Pesos for Jorge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> It's after dinner at Casa del Migrante in Tijuana, Mexi ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Hard Questions in Haiti: How to Aid Recovery without Dependency
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Ward, Enterprise Development Technical Advisor with <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank">IRC (International Rescue Committee),</a> meets with principa ...

Why did God Create Women?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Mixed Victory: A Better Poverty Measure Counts More as Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Eight million more Americans are now in poverty. Well Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Reduce poverty, yes! But how? Do ...

A Victory for Justice in Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Last Wednesday morning I awoke with butterflies in my stomach, as did many of my <a href="http://asjhonduras.com">Asociaci&oacute;n para una Sociedad m&aacute;s Justa</a> colleagu ...

Real Life on Food Stamps
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I am a single mom living alone with my 3-year-old little boy in southwest Florida. I have work ...